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4 New Shibori Shirts

My brother, who doesn't generally like anything crafty, saw a faux shibori t-shirt I made for Make It Artsy a few weeks ago and asked for one of his own.  I was delighted to say, "Of course!"  

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He gave me two shirts -- a heavy-weight long-sleeve t-shirt with a stain and a plain white t-shirt.  Not one to miss out on the action, my Mom gave me an old t-shirt with an image of a samurai on it.  And I threw in a t-shirt I had already dyed, but not yet "fixed."

I used RIT dye -- one quarter denim blue and three quarters navy blue -- to dye my shirts.  I followed the instructions on the dye bottles for adding water, salt, and dish liquid.  And I did follow-up the dyeing process with RIT fixative and a good long wash in the washing machine.  As a side note, I threw a Color Catcher into the washing machine, just to make sure I didn't end up with a blue washing machine and I was glad I did because it came out practically purple!

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I ran an empty load with another Color Catcher afterwards just to make sure the machine was clean, and I was impressed when it came out as white as it went in!

And now, for the shirts!  The long-sleeve shirt with the stain:

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The stain was red and I'm pretty sure it has vanished into the shibori!

The t-shirt:

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You can see that I folded this one on the diagonal for a slightly different look.

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The t-shirt with the samurai on it:

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And finally, the shirt that had been dyed and not fixed:

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You can see that the first dyeing ran a bit turning the white "background" blue.  Here it is compared to one of the other shirts:

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And some detail photos:

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I love how all of these shirts turned out.  I'd like to try a bunch of other shibori techniques and patterns next time around!  That's one of the many things to love about shibori -- there are so many possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by!

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